Gas mains laying work in the Upper English Street and College Street areas of Armagh is due to begin on February 24 as part of a £300,000 programme to extend the natural gas network further into the city.
firmus energy has engaged with a range of key stakeholders, including local residents, political representatives and businesses on their plans to extend the network, which will bring the benefits of natural gas to new areas of the city.
Aiden McElroy, Network Engineer for firmus energy said: “As a result of local demand, these works are necessary to progress the extension of our gas network.
“It will allow us to bring the cost and environmental benefits of this energy source to more homes and businesses in the area.
“This stage of work will immediately bring gas to 271 residential and commercial properties with an investment of £300k.
“We have engaged extensively with Transport NI, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and other utility providers and agreed a traffic management plan for the duration of the work to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users”.
The construction work will continue for the duration of March into April and will inevitably involve some lane closures, road closures and diversions in the area, which will be implemented as the different stages of the works progress.
Aiden McElroy continued: “firmus energy has invested more than £10 million in the Armagh area to date, with over 1,566 customers.
“This further upgrade of the pipeline demonstrates the continued demand for natural gas in the city.
“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will continue to work with all the appropriate authorities and make every effort to ensure that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.”
All local businesses will trade as normal during the construction period which will commence at Russell Street and continue to Upper English street and College Street.
Should you have any questions or concerns on the upcoming construction works, please contact the firmus energy customer careline on 0330 024 9000.